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Friday, May 29, 2009



Number 531



Clint Clobber's hectic day


DeWitt Clinton Clobber was a creation of animation director Gene Deitch for Terrytoons. Here's a 1957 model sheet Deitch did of the character.

"Clint Clobber's Day" is from Mighty Mouse Fun Club Magazine #5, 1958. It's funny, almost like a storyboard for an animated cartoon. Deitch, who relocated to Prague, Czechoslovakia in the late '50s, is considered a legend among animators. I find this artwork and style completely charming and evocative of that era of the 1950s when the cartoons were created.

Among his many other accomplishments Deitch had done a comic strip called Terr'ble Thompson for a short time in the '50s, then turned Terr'ble into the animated Tom Terrific, which I watched on the Captain Kangaroo TV show. Even in the late '50s I was too old to be watching a show which featured characters like Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Greenjeans. I just dug Tom and his dog, Mighty Manfred.

Deitch also has two sons, Kim and Simon, themselves legends amongst the comic community for their groundbreaking work in underground comix.






4 comments:

Karswell said...

Fun stuff Pappy... never heard of this one. Isn't there a Terr'ble Thompson collection coming out soon? Or maybe it's already out, I remember seeing something about it in Previews many moons ago.

Karswell said...

The Terr'ble Thompson book came out like 2 years ago, haha!

http://www.amazon.com/Terrble-Thompson-Gene-Deitch/dp/1560977728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1243696865&sr=1-1

...so much for "news!"

Pappy said...

Well, actually it was news to me, so thanks!

Jerry Beck said...

The artwork on this Clint clobber comic was drawn by animator Jim Tyer, a cartooning genius who drew many Terrytoon comics, Felix the Cat comic books and dozens of one-shot strips in mags like COO-COO and HA-HA COMICS.